Our duplex, Tzan Cruz, is on a lakeside cliff near Santa Cruz La Laguna. (In the local Mayan language, the word "Tzan" means nose, which is what the cliff resembles as it juts into the lake.)
The duplex is on two levels and forms two separate apartments. The offered upstairs unit is 1,400 square feet (135 square meters) and features two bedrooms, a loft with extra sleeps, a living room with a fire place, a full kitchen and two bathrooms. All rooms have spectacular views. The units have all the modern amenities including refrigerators, gas stoves and wireless internet. You have access to three acres of communal gardens and terraces, plus a herb garden. Walls, floors and cabinets are crafted from indigenous, exotic woods. Handmade tiles round off the interior. The beds have orthopedic mattresses. A maid, a caretaker are available or by request a chef and extra beds can be arranged for.
Our private dock is great for sunbathing, swimming or getting one of the public shuttle boats, which pass every 20 minutes.
But most of all you're on the edge of this extraordinary lake at an altitude of 5,200 feet, which means you're 5,200 feet closer to heaven!
We have just returned from a week in Guatemala and stayed 4 nights at Clemens' flat which lies in between Santa Cruz La Laguna and Jaibilito.
It is a really lovely place to stay, the views from the front of the house are amazing and it was very tempting to just sit out on the balcony and take in the view of the volcanoes which are directly opposite. The flat is spacious and was perfect for our family, 2 adults and 2 kids.
The kitchen is well equipped and we ended up eating out for lunch and cooking for ourselves each night. It is best to stock up in Panajachel before getting on the boat as there are no big stores nearby.
San Juan is a lovely village to visit, it's easy to wave a public boat over to the dock and they'll take you to any of the villages or hotels dotted along the shore. San Juan has a wonderful weaving association and many lovely shops to wander around, without getting hassled to buy. You can see how they dye yarn using natural plant based dyes and also see them weaving the yarns. My kids enjoyed looking at the community library there and buying fresh handmade corn tortillas from a woman cooking them on hot stones.
The walk to Santa Cruz is fun because the pathway has disappeared into the lake due to its level rising substantially in the last few years. You get to walk on boardwalks right on the edge of the lake.
Great relaxing place to be!